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Jan 5, 2012

Receiver, Arturo Vasquez, addresses concerns of takeover

Arturo Vasquez

At the Port of Belize, the new management was securely in place. Late this afternoon, a press conference was convened where newly appointed receiver Arturo Vasquez reiterated that he will ensure a smooth transition in the day to day operations.  Vasquez also addressed what Luke Espat and his attorney Arthur Saldivar claim to be an invalid document used to occupy the Port.

Arturo Vasquez, Receiver, Port of Belize Ltd.

“I can’t say we have taken control of everything for the Port of Belize but the day to day operation is obviously flowing as it should but we are still looking at, there are several things that I guess we have to look at yet before we can say we have total control.  We are looking at priorities like bank accounts, personnel, making sure that we meet with the right stakeholders, the ship handlers, the union, the Port Commissioner, the port logistics operation here, the security company as well as management and that’s really the most priority that we have.  We have assured the management, the management has assured us that it’s business as usual and I don’t think we’ve had any interruptions at all for the day.  That’s the priority right now.

My business here is to take control of the port and also make sure that because it’s a national interest that we have no interruptions at all with operations and that is one of the messages we instilled in them this morning.  We also got their assurance that they are prepared to work with us and to make sure that there’s no interruption in what we have [going].”

Isani Cayetano

“Mr. Vasquez this morning both Mr. Espat and his attorney questioned the validity of the memo you sent around arguing that it doesn’t have the seal of the Supreme Court or it doesn’t have that legitimacy to it.  Can you speak to us on that?”

Arturo Vasquez

“Really I can’t address Mr. Luke Espat’s concern because throughout the whole of today the legal adviser was here in the place of W.H. Courtenay and company represented by Ms. Retreage.  She has been the one working with both the C.E.O. and the deputy C.E.O.  She was the one in communication with me as to having been advised of the appointment, having advised their clients that this seems to be in order that they just need a few hours to review it.  So she has been in communication with me.”

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1 Response for “Receiver, Arturo Vasquez, addresses concerns of takeover”

  1. Concern Belizean says:

    ohhhh how the mighty have fallen… lets see if the PUP money can bail you out this time… oh wait thats right… PUP doesnt have any money :)

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